Leonardo DiCaprio lines up a Woodrow Wilson biopic
Anytime Leonardo DiCaprio attaches himself to a project, it’s reason to get excited. But that excitement should be held in check until filming begins because Leo has a tendency to attach himself to a lot of projects that either take a long time to get going or never get going at all. But it looks like Leonardo DiCaprio has snagged the rights to the book ‘Wilson’ from A. Scott Berg about the 28th President of the United States. Leonardo DiCaprio is no stranger to historical figures, both real and fake, having starred as J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar and of course, Calvin Candy in Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED among many others. This film still needs things like a director and a screenwriter, so it’s still a ways away from being a reality. (Deadline)
The official Amazon synopsis for A. Scott Berg’s book ‘Wilson’: One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed Wilson—the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President.
In addition to the hundreds of thousands of documents in the Wilson Archives, Berg was the first biographer to gain access to two recently-discovered caches of papers belonging to those close to Wilson. From this material, Berg was able to add countless details—even several unknown events—that fill in missing pieces of Wilson’s character and cast new light on his entire life.
From the scholar-President who ushered the country through its first great world war to the man of intense passion and turbulence , from the idealist determined to make the world “safe for democracy” to the stroke-crippled leader whose incapacity and the subterfuges around it were among the century’s greatest secrets, the result is an intimate portrait written with a particularly contemporary point of view – a book at once magisterial and deeply emotional about the whole of Wilson’s life, accomplishments, and failings. This is not just Wilson the icon—but Wilson the man.